Questions about improving status in some loyalty programs, etc.

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Are there any ways to get American Airlines systemwide upgrades, apart from having Executive Platinum status?

I used to have American Airlines Executive Platinum status, which entitles one to eight systemwide upgrades each year. These are extremely valuable and were easily the best benefit (essentially they ...
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Do tickets in coach typically get sold in the order of lowest/cheapest fare code first?

I feel like I'm like most people when shopping for a flight. I go to a website that compares prices for my trip and I make a choice based on some combination of lowest price, best times, and preferred ...
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Why are no upgrades with miles available on United?

I plan to buy 2 economy tickets from Newark to Edinburgh on United and then use miles to upgrade them to BUS. But every single date I check has "no award upgrades available". I am more than six ...
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Bought economy and was issued first class ticket?

I bought a round trip (6 flights) on economy. A couple of hours later, when the confirmed itinerary was sent to my e-mail, I noticed that 2 out of the 6 flights were first class! I freaked out ...
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Can I determine upgrade eligibility if I know the fare class?

I have frequent flyer status with Turkish Airlines which gives me Star Alliance Gold status. Using Kayak to search for flights, I want to know, prior to purchasing a ticket, that I am able to upgrade ...
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Can you get complementary upgrades when you check-in online or through a booth at the airport?

It the past I have been offered an upgrade while checking in at the airlines desk. These days checking in online, or at one of the automatic booths at the airport can be quite convenient. I am ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get an upgraded/better hire car?

(In a similar vein to this question on hotel room upgrades and this question on flight upgrades...) Most regular car rentals agencies have various categories of car - Budget/Economy, Compact, ...
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What tips or tricks can you use to get “upgraded”/better hotel rooms?

(Inspired by this question on flight upgrades), Most non-budget hotels have various categories of rooms - perhaps larger rooms, "Executive" rooms, suites, and so on. What tips or tricks can you use ...
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Is there something useful I can 'spend' my American Airlines 500-mile upgrades on, except domestic travel?

I travel on American Airlines a lot, but most of my trips are international (I'm not a US resident), so I earn more AAdvantage 500-mile upgrades than I can ever use (they aren't valid except for US ...
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What are “500 Mile Upgrades”?

On my American Airlines AAdvantage account, I see a lot of references to "500 Mile Upgrades". I don't quite understand how these work. Can someone explain what these are for (and what does the "500 ...
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What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights?

I've travelled a lot. Living in New Zealand or the UK means anywhere is likely a flight, but I've always flown economy. Twice between LA and Auckland I managed to get the exit row after talking ...
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Can I upgrade only a portion of my ticket with miles on Singapore Air (SQ)?

If I book a trip such as JFK-SIN-MLE (New York -> Singapore -> Maldives) RT (round trip), would it be possible to use miles to just upgrade the JFK-SIN portion of the trip? Or even simpler, if I have ...